Tag: Jewelled Blenny (Salarias fasciatus)

The Jewelled Blenny (Salarias fasciatus) is one of the larger species of Blenny found in local waters and can be found in shallow areas of reef flats.

They are particularly common on the inside of local reefs in mixed areas of coral, rubble and rocks, often at depths of 1m or less.

Reaching a maximum length of around 15cm, the Jewelled Blenny feeds mainly on algae, which it scrapes from rocks.

Identifying features for this species are an overall pale white/grey colouration with around eight greenish/brown vertical bars with white, oval spots between.

There are tiny iridescent blue spots around the eyes and also on the back, just below the dorsal fin.

Although this species is often misidentified as the similar Rippled Blenny (Istiblennius edentulus), i am almost certain that Jewelled Blenny is the correct identification.

They make good photo subjects but are reasonably timid so therefore must be approached very cautiously.

The Jewelled Blenny (Salarias fasciatus) is one of the larger species of Blenny found in local waters and can be found in shallow areas of reef flats.

They are particularly common on the inside of local reefs in mixed areas of coral, rubble and rocks, often at depths of 1m or less.

Reaching a maximum length of around 15cm, the Jewelled Blenny feeds mainly on algae, which it scrapes from rocks.

Identifying features for this species are an overall pale white/grey colouration with around eight greenish/brown vertical bars with white, oval spots between.

There are tiny iridescent blue spots around the eyes and also on the back, just below the dorsal fin.

Although this species is often misidentified as the similar Rippled Blenny (Istiblennius edentulus), i am almost certain that Jewelled Blenny is the correct identification.

They make good photo subjects but are reasonably timid so therefore must be approached very cautiously.

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Jewelled Blenny (Salarias Fasciatus)

The Jewelled Blenny (Salarias Fasciatus), such as this one photographed at Mae Haad/Koh Ma, is one of the largest species of Blenny found in local waters.

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Jewelled Blenny (Salarias Fasciatus)

A Jewelled Blenny (Salarias Fasciatus) at Mae Haad/Koh Ma showing all of the main distinguishing features of the species eg.